Consuming three cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by more than a third, a new research led by an Indian-origin scientist has revealed.
To reach the conclusion, a team of US researchers led by Dr Nagi Kumar at the Moffitt Cancer Centre in Tampa, Florida, studied 5,000 women aged between 20 and 74 who had been treated for breast cancer.
AdvertisementThe boffins compared medical histories and lifestyles with a similar group of women free of breast cancer, reports the Telegraph.
From the analysis, they also found even greater benefits when it came to "lobular" breast cancer, with tea reducing the risk by 66 per cent.
Lobular cancer, where cancer affects the lobes deep inside breast tissue, accounts for one in ten cases of the disease.
The researchers said: "Regular tea consumption, particularly at moderately high levels, might reduce breast cancer risk in younger women.
"Given that tea is the most common beverage consumed in the world, it makes an attractive candidate for breast cancer prevention."